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20 Offshoot Pinot Noir





Technical notes

This Pinot Noir is an excellent example of a fruit forward Marlborough Pinot Noir.  The wine shows fresh cherry fruit notes that flow seemingly onto the palate with plum and wild berries.  Soft tannins compliment blackcurrant notes on the palate that extends to a supple finish.  Drink now and up to 5 years+.

Grapes were grown at our Home Block on Rapaura Road. The vines are 30 years old and 10/5 clone, one of the original Pinot Noir clones imported to New Zealand. This clone has widely been discarded for red wine production however we are seeing wines of exceptional quality as the vines get older. The fruit was handpicked and partially destemmed before being fermented in an open top fermenter. 40% whole clusters were used in the ferment to cut through the richness of the clone.

 The wine was pressed off and aged in French oak barrels for 15 months.  No fining was done on this wine and the wine is unfiltered.  Sulphur was added to the wine just before bottling. 

Technical notes

Harvest Date March 2020
Alcohol 13.3%
Total Acidity 5.1 g/l
Residual Sugar 0.16 g/l
Bottling Date June 2021


94 POINTS - Cameron Douglas MS, The Shout, April 2022

A floral bouquet precedes aromas and flavours of red berries and cherry, a fine saline and gravel mineral quality, fresh red apple skin and delicate baking spices of oak. Complex and textured on the palate with a satin mouthfeel that moves to fine grained tannins and medium+ acidity for freshness carrying the core fruit and mineral attributes. Baking spices are consistent and a lees quality emerges after a time. Well made, youthful still and with best drinking from 2023 through 2029.

4 STARS/94 POINTS – Best Pinot Noirs of 2021, WineState Special Annual Edition 2022

89 POINTS - Bob Campbell, Real Review, January 2022

From 30-year old+ vines in the Home Block at Rapaura. The 40% whole clusters add structure and gravitas to a fruit forward pinot noir with cherry, berry, plum, dried herb and grape stem flavours. Dry with peppery tannins. Should develop well with bottle age. Best drinking from 2022-2027

SILVER - The Marlborough Wine Show, October 2021

GOLD - Aotearoa Regional Wine Competition, October 2021

4 STARS - Michael Cooper, October 2021

Hand-picked from estate-grown, 30 year old vines at Rapaura, in the Wairau Valley, the 2020 vintage was matured for 15 months in French oak casks (40% new) and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Full, bright ruby, it is mouthfilling, savoury and supple, with moderately concentrated, ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, slightly earthy notes and a good complexity. Best drinking 2023+.

4 STARS - Winestate Magazine, September 2021

"This youthful, savoury red was hand-harvested from 30 year-old vines in the Home Block at Rapaura, matured for 15 months in French oak casks, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Bright ruby, it is mouthfilling and supple, with good depth of ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, earthy notes adding complexity, and a smooth finish. Best drinking 2023+."

94 POINTS - Cameron Douglas, September 2021

Aromas of wild red flowers forest fruits and berries then classic scent of cherry and dark red apple skin with a suggestion of peach. There's a fine savoury mineral suggestion that repeats on the palate. Youthful, firm and dry with flavours that mirror the bouquet, ripe, fine tannins and plenty of acidity. Lovely long finish, a little bit wild and a whole lot of charm. Best drinking from today and through 2027+.


20 Offshoot Pinot Noir